Our History

The Meadows Nursery Schools were founded by Valerie and Ron Cossey in 1988.

Prior to opening her first school Val worked as a childcare development officer for a London Borough during which time she gained a passion for childcare and child development.

Since then the schools have developed from their first part time home in a shared hall to six schools caring for over 500 children each week.  Val has worked with and researched many leading practices in childcare based on which the Meadows approach to childcare and education has been developed.  

The Meadows approach has been developed around the Early Years Framework, using elements from leading practices such as Friederich Froebel, Maria Montessori and Vygotsky, to offer children a home from home experience, which is both fun and rewarding. 

The Meadows Nursery schools offer an environment which embraces the following values:

  • Enjoyment and fun in learning

  • The importance of play to stimulate learning

  • Team spirit, respect and relationships are encouraged

  • Children involved in a range of activities without fear of failure, secure in taking risks

  • Self Motivation, Recognition and reward for achievement

  •  Valuing children, their opinions and needs

  • Children given space and time to complete activities



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